Individual offerings focusing on topics such as pathogenesis, immunology, virology, disease agents, bioinformatics and grant writing. Small lecture format. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
"Writing a Predoctoral Fellowship" Pabio 590B will be offered as a 3 week, 1 credit (CR/NC) minicourse from April 22nd to May 16th, 2013, taught by Dr. Jaisri Lingappa, Dept. of Global Health. This course will consist of five lecture/discussion style classes that will meet on M and Thurs from 4 - 5:30 in SOCC303 from Mon April 22 - Mon May 6. Each student will also be assigned to attend ONE 2 hour grant review session (either on May 13, 15, or 16).
Student learning goals
Students will learn techniques for crafting the Specific Aims section.
StuStudents will learn techniques for crafting the Background section.
Students will learn techniques for crafting the Research Design section.
Students will gain experience with writing a predoctoral proposal.
Students will gain experience with discussing grants in small group grant review sessions.
Students will gain experience with writing grant critiques.
General method of instruction
Instruction centers around the main assignment for this course, in which students will write a 5 page, NIH-style grant and submit this for review. Classes in the first two weeks will involve 5 lectures/discussions about elements of grant writing. Lectures will be followed by a one week break (May 7 - 12) that will allow students time to finish writing their grants and to review grants written by other students. In the last week, students will review each others' grants anonymously, in NIH-style grant review sessions.
This course is aimed at first and second year Pathobiology, Microbiology, and MCB graduate students, but graduate students in other graduate programs in the biological sciences will be considered if they email the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org). This course will be limited to 18 students.
Class assignments and grading
For this course, students will write a 5 page, NIH-style grant and submit this for review. The 5-page NIH-style grant assignment must be completed by May 8th on a topic of general interest related to pathogen biology. Students can use their PhD dissertation studies as the grant topic or choose a different topic related to pathogen biology, but the grant should be an original one and not one written previously. Students should come to the first class with ideas for their grant proposal. Sections of the grants will be submitted as writing assignments for discussion during the lecture/discussion classes and the entire grant will be submitted for review on May 8th. Students will also be required to provide oral and written critiques of grants they are assigned to review in the last week of the course.
This course is a credit/no credit course. Credit will be given if all assignments are completed by the due date.